A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

MS. Canon. Liturg. 136

Summary Catalogue no.: 19273


Offices and prayers (private)
Language(s): Latin and Italian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Good miniatures.

Good borders.

Good initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 557)


18th century, early, Italian: pasteboards(?); hard dark leather stippled like cuir ciselé or shagreen, now decorated only with quadruple blind lines; formerly covered with metal-work, all now lost, with holes for two clasps, four bosses and a large irregular-shaped centrepiece on each cover; edges shiny gilt, heavily gauffered; paste-downs of ‘Dutch gilt paper’, gilt on red, each with a different design of a huntsman(?) carrying a long-handled implement, cf. MS. Canon. Liturg. 219. Bound in at the front are coloured hand-copies on parchment of two early 18th-century engravings of St. Anthony with the baby Jesus and of St. John the Baptist. Fragmentary spine-label of Jacopo Soranzo. 107–108 × 77–78 × c. 40 mm. (book closed).


Origin: c. 1470–1480 ; Italian, Venice (?)

Record Sources

Summary description abbreviated from the Summary Catalogue (1897). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1970). Binding: B. C. Barker-Benfield, Bookbindings of Canonici manuscripts : a survey of early and non-standard bindings, mostly Italian, in the Canonici collection of the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford (Oxford, privately printed, 2020).


    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 4: Books of Hours (typescript, 1957), p. 317

Last Substantive Revision

2020-07-24: Binding description added.